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As a head's up to those going down the officer route...

Was talking to a few old colleagues at the weekend, including my old IOT flight commander, as well as a few very recently graduated officers; there are changes afoot to IOT.

Not sure exactly when they kick in, but it's moving to FOUR terms of SIX weeks apiece.

This gives them a one size course that allows all the different types of joiners to get involved.

Starting on day one term one would be all the direct entrants.
Starting on day one term two would be all the JNCO and below ex-rankers.
Starting on day one term three would be the SNCO ex-rankers.
And starting in term four would be the WO ex-rankers (though this one might not be on day one, as the old WO commissioning course was just one week long iirc).

So the SERE separate course is no more.

Also, Ex Vital Edge will be removed from the course.
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Standby for mass commissions! Any idea when this starts?
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Standby for mass commissions! Any idea when this starts?
Quantity wouldn't be any different. It's just how they enter the course that's changing.

And no. Next year at some point.
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Quantity wouldn't be any different. It's just how they enter the course that's changing.

And no. Next year at some point.
This is good gen. At the moment the new course is fragged to commence in August 20 - at the moment!
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Quantity wouldn't be any different. It's just how they enter the course that's changing.

And no. Next year at some point.
Negative. More will go through each year.
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Negative. More will go through each year.
No, I meant that no more would go through than would anyway, unlike AT's suggestion of 'mass commissions'. The rationalising of the various IOT courses (IOT, SERE, WO) doesn't mean there'll be more than before, it'll just be easier to administer.

The most recent IOT had ~100 on it, mine had 150, so numbers aren't really that much of a drastic change, barring natural fluctuations.
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No, I meant that no more would go through than would anyway, unlike AT's suggestion of 'mass commissions'. The rationalising of the various IOT courses (IOT, SERE, WO) doesn't mean there'll be more than before, it'll just be easier to administer.

The most recent IOT had ~100 on it, mine had 150, so numbers aren't really that much of a drastic change, barring natural fluctuations.
I just mean I know a lot of individuals who are considering the application, when IOT reduced to 24 weeks they were more interested. Now if it’s only 6/12 weeks I can see that being the clincher to apply. Though 60% of my IOT were already ex serving!
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I just mean I know a lot of individuals who are considering the application, when IOT reduced to 24 weeks they were more interested. Now if it’s only 6/12 weeks I can see that being the clincher to apply. Though 60% of my IOT were already ex serving!
Manning will still have a certain throughput target though, so it won't alter too much.

They need x number of non graduate DEs to enter at 18 alongside y number of graduate 21 year olds along with z number of ex-rankers of 23+ to ensure whatever branch has a good officer cadre and the branch can sustain itself.

More being interested doesn't mean more will get through.
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